Hover Senior Living Community, a nonprofit organization that has been offering affordable senior housing to the Front Range since 1979, has a long and storied history in the Longmont community.
Hover Senior Living Community is made up of the Hover Manor Independent Apartments, Beatrice Hover Assisted Living and Hover at Home Services, which provides services like laundry, housekeeping and errands for seniors who want to age in place. “We have always placed an emphasis on resident choice,” says Lisa A. Czolowski, CEO of Hover Senior Living Community. “Our employees receive ongoing training in the area of Person Centered Care, a model of care we embraced eight years ago, which has now become a way of life at our community. Residents are involved in all decisions that directly impact their day. We believe deep, personal relationships between our Elders and our employees help create a real home.”
Charles and Katherine Hover moved to Colorado from Chicago in the early 1900s. After a little while in Denver, the couple sought out a country home in Longmont. They purchased property, and construction of their 3500-square-foot Tudor style home was completed in 1912. The Hovers’ adopted daughter, Beatrice, collaborated with her mother to create a low-income retirement home. The Hover Manor was completed in 1979, followed by the Beatrice Hover Personal Care Unit in 1991.
The Hover Senior Living Community experienced extensive growth and change in 1997. The Beatrice Hover Personal Care Unit was renamed the Beatrice Hover Assisted Living Residence. Also in this year, the HoverHome (the Tudor-style home where Katherine, Charles and Beatrice originally lived) was purchased by the St. Vrain Historical Society. The City of Longmont declared the HoverHome a historical landmark. The Hover Woods Duplexes, retirement homes exclusive to homeowners 55 and over, were also built in 1997.
The Hover campus offers a country setting with the convenience of city living. Betty Stanton, who has lived in Hover Manor for four years, says this was important to her when choosing a retirement community. “I moved to Hover because of the affordability and convenient location,” she says. “If you can’t live at home, you may as well live at Hover.” Stanton says she is very fond of her apartment and she also enjoys the selection of activities at Hover. “I’m not a very social person, but I like that I can be active in my church and the greater community,” she says. “I live at such a convenient location that it makes it possible to be involved in things that I care about.” Resident Priscilla Mazella, who has lived at Hover for five years, says the activities were an important part of her choice to live at Hover, too. “When I first moved here I wanted to be very active and Hover provided a lot of activities to participate in,” she says. “I was involved in the library and I enjoyed that very much.”
Engagement and volunteerism are major tenets of the lifestyle and culture at Hover. Almost half of the Hover residents actively volunteer in a variety areas. “They participate in the marketing of our community, assist with cleaning, decorating and greeting visitors, lead activities and run an Ambassador program for new residents,” says Czolowski. “They are truly the backbone of our community and because of their commitment, our organization is not surviving, we are thriving.”
Small details on the campus offer a high quality of life: lighted walking paths, an exercise trail, direct access to a city park, dentist offices and raised garden and flower beds. Other amenities include a Wellness Center, on-site restaurant, all faiths chapel, salon, Manor Market, computer center, library, transportation services, tai chi, yoga, educational classes, outings and monthly activities. “We have remained a thriving community while continuing to honor our original mission of staying affordable,” says Czolowski. “With costs of senior care on the rise, we remain the most affordable option for many seniors living in Boulder County.”
In the summer of 2019, Hover will open the Katherine and Charles Hover Green House Nursing Homes. This addition will make Hover the only Retirement Community (CCRC) in Longmont. “The Green House model of skilled nursing will be the first of its kind in Boulder County,” says Czolowski. The four homes will each have 12 single bedroom suites with full, private bathrooms. Each home will also boast a living room, fire place, dining room for family style meals, an open, chef-style kitchen and a fully accessible patio, gardens, courtyard and walking paths. “We will be licensed for both Medicaid and Medicare for our Green House Nursing Homes, making it possible for those entering our campus on subsidy to be able to afford the high level of care,” says Czolowski. “This will mean Hover can be their forever home.”
As a nonprofit, Hover accepts tax deductible donations to support the costs of general operations as well as special projects. “We continue to honor Beatrice Hover’s original mission of ‘providing an affordable retirement community’ by accepting Section 8 and local subsidized housing vouchers,” says Czolowski. “Our Assisted Living fees are all inclusive, making it a more affordable option for those on limited incomes.” Hover is currently raising funds for the Green House Nursing Homes through the Capital Campaign. “Donations will support our efforts to provide affordable nursing care to Longmont Seniors well into the future,” says Czolowski.
Hover will light up its campus for the holidays on Nov. 23. The public is encouraged to drive through and enjoy the lights and decorations. Hover Senior Living Community will also be sponsoring the “Letters to Santa” program for the fifth year in a row. Children are invited to drop their letters off in the special Santa mailboxes located in several businesses in Longmont from Nov. 17 through Dec. 4. They will receive a letter back from the North Pole with a special invite to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Hover campus on Dec. 21.
By Emma Castleberry, Photos by Hover Senior Living.